Cattle Current Daily—Aug. 19, 2020

Cattle Current Daily—Aug. 19, 2020

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade developed in Kansas on Tuesday at $106-$107/cwt., according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. That was $2-$3 higher than last week with moderate trade and moderate to good demand.

Cattle futures closed mainly higher, buoyed by the positive cash outlook and climbing wholesale beef values.

Other than unchanged to an average of 9¢ lower in four contracts, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 41¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 84¢ higher (50¢ to $1.20 higher).

Choice boxed beef cutout value pressed $3.60 higher Tuesday afternoon to $220.86/cwt. Select was $2.71 higher at $204.65.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 4¢ lower through Sep ’21 and then mostly fractionally lower.

Soybean futures closed narrowly mixed, from unchanged to 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed mixed again on Tuesday, with much of the optimism in big tech stocks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 66 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 7 points higher. The NASDAQ closed 81 points higher.

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“Based on improved feeding margins, a smaller estimated calf crop in 2020 than a year ago, and fewer cattle outside feedlots than expected, the third-quarter 2020 feeder steer price was raised by $7 to $140/cwt., and the fourth-quarter 2020 forecast was increased $9 from the previous month to $140 per cwt.,” say analysts with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), in the latest monthly Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.

Cash fed cattle prices were higher week to week for five consecutive weeks through Aug. 7, according to ERS. Analysts there recently increased the third-quarter fed steer price forecast $1 to $101/cwt. and by $1 for the fourth quarter to $105.

“Typically, fed cattle prices decline seasonally to a bottom level in late third quarter or early fourth quarter,” say ERS analysts. “As prices appear to have reached a seasonal bottom in the third-quarter, price strength may be further affected by economic uncertainty weighing on beef demand in the fourth quarter, at a time when average carcass weights are more than 3% above last year and rising seasonally.”

2020-08-18T19:51:11-05:00

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